Wednesday, December 5, 2018

My Top 7 College Dining Hall Hacks!

Hey cupcakes! As a senior in college, I feel like I have learned all about the positives and negatives of dining halls :P I know that many of you are in/will be entering college, so I wanted to share my top hacks with you all today! Let's get started :)

1. Utilize the salad bar for all your veggie needs - You will never get this many vegetables prepared for you after you leave college, so I suggest eating from the salad bar as much as possible! As salads can get boring after awhile, I suggest using the vegetables to liven up side dishes or even steam them in the microwave. 

2. Make quesadillas in the panini press - I have never been a fan of sandwiches, so I avoided the panini press my freshman year. BUT, I missed out on some tasty quesadillas as you can use wraps and cheese/meat/beans/veggies from the salad bar to make some great quesadillas in the panini press :) It is also a super quick meal that you can take on the go! 

3. Avoid dessert every meal - The dining halls on my campus have desserts for lunches and dinners, which is dangerous for a sweet tooth. Limit yourself to dessert only once in awhile, as you can quickly gain weight this way.

4. Find the sauces! - Many dining halls have an area that has all the different sauces (soy, hot, sweet chili, etc.), and this is such an important spot to find.... While some food is supposed to be seasoned, it may be lacking in flavor.... so doctoring up your meals will make them more tasty! 

5. Try to avoid sugary beverages - Dining halls will have everything from soda to rice milk to coffee, but I suggest trying to drink water as much as possible... Don't get in the habit of drinking a soda with every meal or you will be stuck with this habit as an adult! 

6. Take out fruit when you can - Instead of smuggling out another cookie, I suggest taking an apple (or some other fruit) for late night cravings. This is much healthier and will help you focused on your studying. 

7. Eat at the dining hall as much as possible! - Meal plans are ungodly expensive, so use it as much as possible!!!! While eating out with your friends is fun every once in awhile, it is wasting the money you already spent on your meal plan.

What are your dining hall tips and tricks? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! 

Jenna <3

1 comment:

  1. These are some great ideas. I wish I'd use my colleges facilities more when I was there, my go to was usually a slice of pizza, chocolate muffin and pepsi! Very bad choices.


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